Canadian provinces have been holding draws regularly to invite more skilled candidates this year. The pandemic caused the immigration numbers to dip last year, and Canada wants to boost the numbers in 2021.
Saskatchewan held its most recent draw under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) on August 5 and distributed a total of 452 invitations among candidates registered in the Express Entry system.
Details of the draw
The province sent the invitations to candidates who might be able to satisfy the eligibility requirements of getting a nomination through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Candidates belonging to the International Skilled Worker category were prioritized by Saskatchewan in this draw.
Among the candidates who received invitations, 171 of them can meet the eligibility requirements of the Express Entry subcategory under SINP. On the other hand, 281 candidates might get nominations through the Occupations In-Demand sub-category.
Irrespective of the stream, candidates had to secure a minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score of 73 to get an invitation. They had to provide their Educational Credential Assessments to prove that their international education matched up to the Canadian standard. For this draw, in particular, candidates needed to gain professional experience in any of the 65 in-demand professions listed by the government of Saskatchewan.
Candidates are usually evaluated on the basis of their professional experience, language skills, age, education, and exising connections to Saskatchewan. They are scored out of 100 according to the International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. Candidates with the best scores are given invitations to apply for a provincial nomination.